|I've been down in the basement......in my yarn room......looking at my STASH!|
|Because I've finished Claudia, a Kim Hargreaves|
design from her "Smoulder" collection!
|Should my next knit be another Kim design?|
|I'll have to decide....|
|Someone always wants to join in the photo fun!|
"Claudia" by Kim Hargreaves
from her collection"Smoulder"
"Claudia" pattern page on Ravelry
My Claudia on Ravelry
I thought this "Earth" shade of Rowan Kid Classic yarn would look wonderful photographed outside with a backdrop of glorious autumn leaves! I had planned to go back into the wood lot on the farm next door....but on Friday the wind was howling and outdoor photography was frankly scary and would have been foolish among a stand of old trees. Alternative arrangements had to be made!
I was attracted to the Claudia design in "Smoulder" because it was a stylish, but plain knit...f you know what I mean! A classic sweater in stocking stitch...with a seed stitch and moss stitch bottom border that is left open as a side slit. I also loved the K3P2 deep rib on the sleeves. I did take note of the wide neckline and the off-shoulder photo..... and I chose to knit the sweater as designed.
The schematic showed that there was subtle side shaping. The instructions have you do the decreases and increases 10 stitches in from the edge stitch - it gives a beautiful shape to the garment which is something I might adopt in future knits!
The raglan shaping was done only one stitch in - so the shaping decreases butt up against each other when you do the seam - I would move them out 3 stitches to make them "fully fashioned" as they say!
This yarn is warm, is it going to be too warm for the house, and what about under a down coat - the Canadian traditional winter wear? It certainly does get cold here in Canada and I spent a lot of time in my cold basement yarn room....so this sweater might be just the thing! Maybe that's the idea of the wide neck - perhaps it acts as air conditioning for comfortable in-house wear....we will see. Luckily I have a few shawlettes that I can wear around the neck....and take them off quickly when a hot flash strikes! :)
A Ravelry friend commented that this sweater looks "relaxed and elegant at the same time" I couldn't have put it better myself! Thanks Ann!
PS: While searching for a photo of fully fashioned decreases, I came upon this old blog post on a technique called "Wale Deflection" - worth investigating further I think! Although Superneedle's Knitting Adventures looks like it has been abandoned...it warrants further investigation! ...look at this post about different decreases!